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The stars are coming out to play this summer with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS and their one of a kind, simply cannot miss popular outdoor summer concert series at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Coming off the heels of last summer’s critically acclaimed concerts to record breaking crowds, Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS are taking the popular series to new heights. Artists include Laura Osnes (“Cinderella” and “Bonnie and Clyde”), Norm Lewis (“LES MISERABLES” and “Porgy and Bess”), Julia Goodwin (2013 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador), composer/host Tena Clark, Dionne Warwick (five-time Grammy Award winning music legend), Michael Feinstein (to sing Gershwin for one night only), powerhouse singers Maureen McGovern, Patti Austin, stars of stage and screen Kevin Earley, Liz Callaway (“Anastasia and “Aladdin”), Jeremy Jordan (“Smash”), plus special appearances by Debby Boone, Alan Bergman and pianist Armen Guzelimian.

“The Pasadena POPS has quickly become the premier presenter of the Great American Songbook in the orchestral arena with virtuoso musicians delivering definitive performances of great songs in classic arrangements, sparklingly orchestrated to carry a freshness and excitement that always galvanizes the audience,” says Feinstein adding “the shows are a combination of Broadway and Hollywood, glitz and dazzle, with tremendous musicianship and talent. It’s a rare chance to hear the music performed this way, at one of the most beautiful outdoor concert venues anywhere.”

“Feinstein’s gracious enthusiasm, like the giant projection screens framing the band shell, indicated that this summer series is ready for the big time. Certainly, the orchestra, in its detailed precision and technical aplomb, is a first-rate entity, and its endearing maestro is a perfect fit.” – Los Angeles Times

“What Michael brings to the Pasadena POPS, through his personal music collection and decades of curating the hidden jewels of the Great American Songbook, cannot be heard anywhere else in the world, much less the United States, and we don’t make that claim lightly,” states Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association.

The Pasadena POPS Sierra Acura Summer Concert Series begins on Saturday, June 7 with Feinstein’s Favorites; a showcase of music by Harry Warren, Richard Rodgers, Nelson Ridddle, Henry Mancini, Alfred Newman and a world premiere of Andre and George Previn’s most expensive demo ever made. As Feinstein explains, “the opening concert of the summer is my way of introducing the audience into my musical world with a grab bag of more than a few of my favorite things.” Broadway sensations Laura Osnes and Norm Lewis join in the fun with original charts from the Peggy Lee and Judy Garland archives that can’t be heard anywhere else.

The family-friendly concerts will be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Among many venue amenities, audiences can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from your table from Julienne, Marston’s, and Claud & Co.; the food court will host mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctal. The experience is now even more convenient with two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks plus exclusive hotel packages for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Langham Huntington Hotel. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on-site prior to each concert with deserving animals in need of a forever home as part of the Pups for POPS program.

Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance. Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS. Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Michael Feinstein and Pasadena’s premier POPS orchestra! The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

June 7, 2014
Feinstein’s Favorites
Michael Feinstein, conductor
Laura Osnes, vocalist
Norm Lewis, vocalist
Armen Guzelimian, piano


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